He loves to use the phrase, "They said it couldn't be done," when referring to the challenge of juggling a roster with departing and returning players who've taken two years off from football to serve LDS missions.
At the MWC media days in July, Mendenhall told CBS Sportsline's Dennis Dodd the anecdote he's repeated many times to local media and fans. Half a dozen years ago, he sat with New Mexico coaches and wondered how they could compete with BYU's older, more mature players who'd been on missions. When he got to BYU, he sat with Cougar coaches who wondered how they could win with missionaries.
I was one of those who said it couldn't be done.